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5th Annual IHSVCA Winter Coaches Clinic
Save the Date!!!!!!
5th Annual IHSVCA Coaches Clinic
Make sure to mark your calendars for the 2015 IHSVCA Coaches Clinic this February.
When: Saturday February 28th, 2015
Where: Niles West High School
Come meet the staff of the 2014 Men's National Champion Loyola Rambler staff. Keynote session will be hosted by AVCA Coach of the Year Shane Davis. Other session will be hosted by numerous local college and high school coaches. More details to come over the next few weeks.....
WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE IHSVCA? CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT PORTION OF THIS PAGE TO REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE.......
Congrats 2014 Girls Volleyball State Champs
1st place Benet
2nd place Libertyville
3rd place Normal Community
4th place Loyola Academy
1st place St. Francis
2nd place Joliet Catholic
3rd place Breese Mater Dei
4th place Montini
1st place Deer Creek-Mackinaw
2nd place Dakota
3rd place Watseka
4th place Albion Edwards County
1st place Keith Country Day
2nd place Hartsburg-Emden
3rd place Cissna Park
4th place Woodlawn
5th Annual Senior Girls All Star Game
ALL STAR GAME/SENIOR SHOWCASE NOMINATIONS
I am reaching out to you see if you have any recommendations for a possible player to participate in the SPORTSTOWNCHICAGO.COM SENIOR SHOWCASE and/or 5th annual Illinois Volleyball ALL STAR GAME.
The games are being held Saturday November 29th at Wheaton College at approx 3pm (subject to change) and will benefit the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY - making strides for breast cancer awareness.
This Showcase will feature the top senior players in the state that are currently are not committed to a college, in order to display their skills in front of coaches and scouts alike. Along with that, we will be streaming the game LIVE via SportsTownChicago.com for all to see. It is a full video streaming event so coaches from around the nation can view the game if they are unable to attend.
We are going to cap the game at approx 20 players total so all the participants have a fair chance to display their skills. If there are schools that the player wants us to specifically notify about their participation, we would be happy to forward that message on.
The ALL STAR GAME will consist of the top 30 players in the state that are already committed to a university.This game will happen at the conclusion of the showcase game, at approx 5pm.
Below is information to fill out regarding information we need for the player in the game:
PARENTS / GUARDIANS:
WHY recommending them:
For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Peter Ferreri, who some of you might be familiar with (PFerreri@beonair.com) and for more information go to sportstownchicago.com/.
The Art of Coaching Volleyball Clinic Series.
Chicago Coaches Clinic on May 2-3 at Loyola University
This clinic is part of a series that is coming off of an extremely successful 2014 campaign that attracted over 2,000 coaches. Our 2015 clinic series is going to be bigger and better than ever, with more cities, more clinicians, and more opportunities for your staff to network and grow with hundreds of other volleyball coaches in your area.
This clinic series will feature some of the top volleyball coaches in the world, including:
Karch Kiraly - Current US National Team Head Coach - 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Russ Rose - Penn State University - 6 NCAA National Championships
John Dunning - Stanford University - 4 NCAA National Championships
Terry Liskevych - Oregon State University - Former US National Team Coach 85' - 96'
- Take home a clinic handbook with over 100 pages of drill diagrams, coaching worksheets, and lecture notes
- Receive $60 OFF a 12-month Premium Art of Coaching Volleyball membership
- Complete Continuing Education Hours and receive College Credit
- Receive an official Art of Coaching Volleyball Asics T-shirt
- Get a discount on an AVCA Membership
- And... If you register by January 31st, you get a 10% DISCOUNT off your registration fee
For information on group pricing and how to register, click here:
USAV CAP Classes Offered
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
CAP I: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Education/Coaching-Education-Programs/Indoor-Courses/CAP-I/CAP-I-Onsite-Courses
"The USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (USAV-CAP) provides an opportunity for professional preparation and advancement for the volleyball coach. The curriculum addresses the essential topics for the volunteer and the internationally aspiring coach.
Each course level includes a special emphasis on building the foundation and creation of a well-prepared coach. This knowledge, coupled with hands-on coaching experience, creates an ideal learning experience. USAV-CAP has been helping coaches further their coaching education for the past 17 years. In that time, more than 35,000 coaches have taken USAV-CAP courses across the United States. We expect the USAV-CAP hosting experience to be great for you and your community.
Any player who enters a volleyball program has the right to expect quality coaching and instruction. USA Volleyball's CAP program strives to present an on-going, progressive format in which coaches at all levels receive the most current information available on volleyball. USAV-CAP instruction is based on sound principles in the areas of skills development, tactical systems, physical training, motor learning, sports psychology and administration.
USAV-CAP is intended to provide coaching standards for those administrators employing coaches to have a valid means for measuring the qualifications of a given volleyball coach. It is a continuous education process due to the dynamic nature of sport and technology. The four solid corners of the program are integrity, education, commitment and enthusiasm. These are the qualities of any successful coach and program."
There is other information regarding the difference between CAP I and CAP II level courses. Here's a link to those:
CAP II: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Education/Coaching-Education-Programs/Indoor-Courses/CAP-II/CAP-II-Onsite-Courses
IHSVCA Board Position Open
With the impending end to our Secretary Marci Maier’s term the IHSVCA is looking for candidates interested in taking a term as the secretary of our organization. Marci will still be around for consultation with the new secretary throughout the term. If interested please get back to us ASAP!!
2014 IHSVCA Boys Senior All Star Game
North over South 29-27, 25-23, and 25-18...
20 great seniors nominated by their high school coaches!!
||Lincoln Way East
||Lincoln Way North
||Illinois St (Club)
||Lincoln Way East
||Sue Ellen Haak
||Lincoln Way North
||Lincoln Way East
||Lincoln Way East
||Lincoln Way North
|All Star Coaches
||Lincoln Way North
||Downers Grove South
2014 NCAA Men's Volleyball National Champions
Congrats to Loyola University on its first Men's Volleyball National Championship won by the following players from our great state;
From the Desk of Bryan Paliza...
Fellow Coaches and IHSVCA Members,
It is with great honor and pleasure that I accept the challenge to fill the “big shoes” of Paul Ickes as the next President of the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association. Paul has done a phenomenal job in the 4 years that he has been our Association’s President. I look forward to continuing his work and adding my own vision and goals. I look forward to working with all of you and to help improve our craft as coaches, teachers and mentors to the
student athletes and to each other.
Before I go into my goals for the association, I would like to provide you with a brief snapshot of my background. I played for four years at Niles West High School and then I would continue to play on different adult club teams under the Great Lakes Region (USAV) for several seasons. I still play occasionally in local rec leagues both indoor and on the sand. My true passion these days belongs to the coaching aspect of the sport. I am currently in my 5th year coaching in the Niles West boys program. Later this fall will mark my 10th year coaching in the Niles West girls program. I have also coached five seasons of juniors club volleyball. I am currently an adjunct coach for Skyline Volleyball Club based out of Skokie and helping and
advising when I can. I truly see myself as a student of the game as I am always looking for new ways to improve myself by talking with other coaches, attending as many clinics as possible, and simply just watching the game be played. I hold a few certifications from ASEP, Positive Coaching Alliance, and USA Volleyball (Beach Impact, Indoor Impact & Indoor CAP II). I look forward to the next opportunity to learn and grow my knowledge.
In no particular order, here is a snapshot of my vision for the association and beyond
○ Structure varsity matches to be played 3 out of 5 sets for nonconference, conference and state playoff matches. I believe we pride ourselves in getting our student athletes ready for the next level by challenging them in the classroom, so let’s take it up a notch and challenge them in volleyball by playing collegiate length matches! The majority of other states are playing 3 out of 5 sets, so that is where we need to be. I have the following recommendations for other types of matches:
➢ Varsity tournaments/invites remain 2 out of 3 sets
➢ Sophomore/JV teams play 3 out of 5 sets for conference matches only
➢ Freshmen to remain at 2 out of 3 sets
○ For those involved in the association, I would like to provide more resources and learning opportunities to help us all Improve our craft. I plan on doing this, in addition to our annual coaches clinic, by collaborating with all of our resources and contacts that we have with collegiate coaches, staff members from Gold Medal Squared and The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Also, another significant way to further our skill would be to host a USA Volleyball Coaches Accreditation Program course here so we can learn from some of the great coaches in the USA pipeline.
○ I think we need to collaborate more closely with the IHSA regarding assignments for state playoffs in order to even out the playing field and truly have the best of the best play in matches beyond regionals or in some cases, beyond sectionals. Here are some other alternatives to this:
➢ Reseed once the Final Four or Elite Eight have been determined.
➢ The top four seeds in the sectional will be regional hosts. If a top four seed is selected as the sectional host, then the #5 seed would become the fourth regional host.
○ Different venue(s) for both boys and girls state playoffs? With all due respect to Illinois State University for the girls and Hoffman Estates High School for the boys because they have done an exceptional job in hosting both events, but why not mix it up? There are other great venues that I think would be able to host these events while highlighting and extend the showcasing of our programs. For example: Loyola University, Northwestern,
DePaul, UIC, Chicago State, and University of Chicago all have wonderful facilities that I’m sure would love to showcase what they have to offer.
○ Beach Volleyball anyone? This version of our sport has been around for a very long time, but only in the recent years has it been really picking up some steam on the collegiate level and the junior level. Some junior clubs are now offering a beach/sand season as well! I think we should be looking into this avenue! Perhaps it would be best to start off small with a tournament or two? Or possible we could run some kind of minileague? I have some connections with the Players Sports Group who run tournaments and leagues all over the city so I’m sure they would be willing to help us out. If one of you coaches have another idea or connection to make this happen please speak up. I know timing is everything with our own personal lives and with our athletes that play club, but
this is an avenue that should be considered. Besides, don’t you want to spend some time at the beach?
○ Lastly, but certainly not least. We are all here because we love the sport, we love coaching and we love our athletes. Why else would we spend all of this time training, planning, attending clinics, or dissecting video? We want to succeed and provide life long
lessons for our student athletes! I have had the pleasure of meeting and picking the minds of some of the best coaches here in Illinois, as well as, from around the country. We need to establish/recognize these coaches via a Hall of Fame. A lot of other sports in
our state have HOF coaches; we need to have this as well! With that said, we need to establish guidelines on the criteria for a Hall of Fame.
➢ Girls’ coaches honored and inducted during the state playoffs in November
➢ Boys’ coaches honored and inducted during the state playoffs in June
These are my initial goals for the association as we move forward. I know some of them are lofty but I have always believed in dreaming big. The further that we reach, the farther we will go.. Again, I am really excited to help promote this association and sport, but I will need your support. Please feel free to contact me anytime and tell me what you think of my goals. In addition, please express your insights to a better association and greater growth.
IHSVCA Announces New President
The Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association is very pleased to announce that Bryan Paliza from Niles West High School in Skokie, IL will become the next President of the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association (IHSVCA) effective June 10th, 2014.
"After interviewing Bryan on March 6th, the current officers of the IHSVCA believe that Bryan will bring tremendous enthusiasm and passion to his new position," commented current IHSVCA President Brother Paul Ickes, CFC. "Based on his vision statement presented to us, Bryan is committed to sustaining and growing current IHSVCA initiatives. Moreover, we are confident that Bryan will lead new initiatives for the membership of the Illinois high school volleyball community as well as investigate new partnerships within the greater volleyball community."
Brother Paul Ickes Announcement
The IHSVCA wishes Brother Paul Ickes continued success in his future endeavors and a huge thanks for all of his contributions to our organization and the sport of volleyball here in Illinois.....
Ash Wednesday – March 5th, 2014 (My 50th Birthday)
Good Morning Everyone-
Today, we embark on our Lenten journey toward Easter. Today, I am speaking to you to make important announcements regarding my life’s journey. Please, I ask you to wait until I’m finished speaking, and I ask you to please listen to my entire message. OK? Good!!!
So, here goes: After much prayer, thought, and consultation with the Brothers, I am announcing two things today:
- First, I will be leaving ministry at Brother Rice High School at the end of this school year. Simply put: I turn 50 years old today, and I am completing 25 years of ministry in varied capacities at Brother Rice at the end of this school year. I have had the amazing opportunity to spend literally half of my earthly existence as a Brother at Brother Rice High School. More than anything, I will always cherish my time with you… the students, athletes, faculty, coaches, staff, parents, alumni, alumni parents- EVERYONE! Thank you- you are the best!!!
- Second, I have reached another decision in my life’s journey. Before I say it, let me be crystal clear about this: There is NO scandal here, NO ONE is forcing me to do anything, and I have made this choice myself. AGAIN- I want to be crystal clear about this, OK? Good!!! I have asked the Brothers to be dispensed from my vows as an Edmund Rice Christian Brother which is scheduled to take effect sometime this summer. My plan at present is to stay in the Chicago area to assist my recently widowed mother Janice, my older brother Mark, and my younger brother Bobby and his family, and to seek employment outside of Brother Rice utilizing my gifts and talents somewhere in our Church. Although I may be “leaving the Brothers,” I have nothing but love, admiration, and respect for these men who have sacrificed everything to serve our Church- and in this case- serve our school. The Brothers have greatly shaped me into the person that I am today, and for that, I will be forever grateful. A part of me will always be a Brother no matter where my life takes me.
Why am I doing this? Because I believe this is where God is leading me on my life’s journey. Why make these announcements now, and why in this forum? Because frankly, I believe, the last thing that Brother Rice High School needs right now is another crisis and the things crises on the ‘South Side’ of Chicago many times bring- false rumors, conspiracy theories, supposed plots, and the like. Although the announcements I have made are incredibly difficult- believe you me- I truly feel that making these announcements now will help in a number of ways for everyone involved. First, by announcing now, Brother Rice High School will have the time and the freedom to begin immediately searching for successors in my roles as Campus Minister and Head Volleyball Coach. The students of Brother Rice High School deserve the absolute finest people to move both the Campus Ministry and Volleyball Programs here forward- because you are the absolute finest people I’ve been privileged to minister to and with! Also, my announcements provide me and all of us time to grieve, to share and reminisce, to prepare for transitions, and to relish the remaining months I will be with you at Brother Rice High School as a Brother, Campus Minister, Peer Ministry Teacher, and Head Volleyball Coach.
Further communications will occur starting immediately to the rest of the Brother Rice Community repeating these announcements I have made today.
I promise not to be a stranger: I have assured Dr. Burns and Mr. Antos that not only will I assist my successors in their new roles once they are named, but that I will remain involved in the Brother Rice Family as appropriate and as time allows.
Lastly, one of the lessons of our Lenten journey- and I think the most important lesson in our Catholic faith- is that at the end of anything in our lives, including at the end of life itself, there is ALWAYS LIFE! What a great thing- and Jesus is the model of this lesson by his own life. The Paschal Mystery- Jesus’, Passion, Death, AND Resurrection- despite pain and suffering and even death, in the end… life is patiently waiting… Easter… Resurrection… Eternal Life!! The cross just placed in ashes on your forehead by the Peer Ministers shows your belief in and your commitment to the Paschal Mystery- and this comes with tremendous responsibility. While very cool I’ve always thought- forehead crosses traced in ashes- these crosses are not fashion statements. My challenge to you now and always: Embrace and live the Paschal Mystery- it’s never too late to start, or start again, or start over.
Thank you for your time and attention today- I really appreciate it!!! Thank you for your love. Now and forever- I always have and I will always love you, Brother Rice High School, Blessed Edmund Rice, and the Brothers of our Founder and Namesake- Blessed Edmund Rice.
Please join me in a final prayer: Blessed Edmund Rice… Pray for Us! Mother of Perpetual Help… Pray for Us! Live Jesus in Our Hearts… FOREVER!
In Blessed Edmund Rice,
+ Brother Paul Ickes, CFC
Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association (IHSVCA)
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